Katharine joined 3 Hare Court as a tenant in October 2021 following the successful completion of her pupillage. Her practice focuses on employment, commercial, public and constitutional, and travel law. Katharine appears in the High Court (led) and County Court on a range of matters including interim applications, preliminary hearings and trials. Alongside her private practice, Katharine is a Consultant to Withers LLP’s top-ranked employment department
Katharine has considerable experience advising on employment law. In her capacity as a Consultant to Withers LLP, she has been involved in matters concerning breach of contract (including post-termination restrictions), unfair and constructive unfair dismissal, partnership and shareholder disputes, whistleblowing and discrimination.
Katharine appears regularly in the Employment Tribunal and advises on claims involving unfair dismissal, discrimination, TUPE and worker status. She acts for both employers and employees and is particularly well-placed to advise on employment claims litigated in the civil courts, including breach of contract claims and those where there is a potential personal injury and/or common law negligence component. Katharine is currently acting (led by Tom Poole QC) in a High Court claim involving claims for breach of contract and/or wrongful dismissal, infringement of privacy rights and consequential losses
During pupillage, Katharine assisted Tom Poole QC in a 10-day Employment Tribunal hearing involving allegations of sexual harassment, victimisation and unfair dismissal; she also assisted Tom in connection with advisory work addressing unlawful deduction from wages and the enforceability of restrictive covenants. Under supervision, Katharine assisted on a variety of complex employment matters, which often raised discrimination and data protection considerations. Katharine co-wrote an article for the International Employment Lawyer on how employers can prepare for an emerging AI regulatory landscape and recently delivered a presentation to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s enforcement team on artificial intelligence and algorithmic bias in the employment context.
Katharine is developing a broad practice encompassing all aspects of commercial, company and insolvency litigation and advisory work. Katharine is well placed to advise on the intersection of employment and commercial law. By way of example, Katharine recently juniored for Richard Samuel in an unfair prejudice petition concerning the scope of directors’ duties under the Companies Act 2006 in the context of historic allegations of racism and discrimination (Re Prospect Place (Wimbledon) Management Co Ltd  EWHC 76 (Ch)).
Katharine is currently being led by Thomas Roe QC in a high-value breach of contract claim proceeding in the Technology & Construction Court. The claim involves technical underlying evidence and complex arguments on foreseeability and loss.
Katharine regularly appears in the County Court and advises on a range of general commercial disputes involving breach of contract, frustration and the enforceability of force majeure clauses. She has been a junior junior to Richard Samuel (leading James Gale) in a commercial dispute involving complex legal arguments concerning penalty, misrepresentation, and breach of good faith.
During pupillage, Katharine worked on a variety of commercial, company and insolvency disputes, including:
Katharine is particularly interested in public law. She is currently led by Robert Strang in an administrative law appeal in the Privy Council. During pupillage, Katharine assisted Tom Poole QC in connection with a judicial review of the Government’s support package to universities and further education colleges in the wake of COVID-19. Katharine also gained experience during pupillage assisting Leading Counsel in Chambers on constitutional law cases before the Privy Council, including the following matters on appeal from the Court of Appeal of Trinidad and Tobago:
Katharine is instructed as junior counsel to the Iraq Fatality Investigations, established following R (Ali Mousa and others) v Secretary of State for Defence  EWHC 1412 (Admin) in order to meet the state’s obligations under Article 2 of the ECHR. Katharine’s role involves assisting leading junior counsel to the Inquiry in connection with investigations into the deaths of Radhi Nama and Mousa Ali (two detained civilians who deaths involve allegations of ill treatment at a British army base near Basrah in May 2003) and Ahmed Jabbar Kareem Ali (an investigation concerned with identifying whether there was a systemic practice of ‘wetting’ as a law-enforcement mechanism in the post-war phase of British Occupation in 2003).
Katharine is instructed in a range of property matters, including Part 8 claims. She is regularly instructed in possession claims, business tenancy disputes and disputes concerning trusts of land and co-ownership. She also has a busy paperwork practice in these areas. She has recently advised on a complex breach of contract/misrepresentation claim concerning the sale of a £800,000 London home.
She has recently acted in a collective enfranchisement claim under section 26(1) of the Leasehold, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993, and also an application for rectification of the Company Register under section 859M of the Companies Act 2006. She has also advised on the impact of COVID-19 and tenants’ obligations under regulations 4(c) and (d) of the Non-Domestic Rating (Unoccupied Property) (England) Regulations 2008.
During pupillage, Katharine assisted Tom Poole QC in the legally significant Privy Council case of Gordon v Havener (Antigua and Barbuda)  UKPC 26, in which Lord Burrows clarified the law of proprietary estoppel as it relates to contract-breakers.
Katharine is instructed in a range of professional negligence claims and is well placed to advise on claims concerning underlying employment, personal injury or property matters. Katharine is currently instructed to advise on behalf of the Claimant in a claim against former surveyors where the Claimant suffered significant loss flowing from inaccurate advice on the demarcation of boundaries.
Katharine is also currently acting (as a junior) on behalf of a Claimant seeking damages arising from misconduct of litigation/settlement at an undervalue in a case involving a high-value equal pay claim. Also as a junior, Katharine has drafted a substantial schedule of loss in connection with the misconduct of litigation of an underlying claim for serious personal injury, which was ultimately settled.
Katharine is regularly instructed in matters involving the Package Travel Regulations (1992 and 2018) and drafts advices and pleadings in disputes involving the same. She also represents various airlines in passenger claims for compensation under the EU Denied Boarding Regulations (EC Regulation 261/2004).
During pupillage, Katharine assisted members of Chambers with advisory work, drafting and trial preparation in a range of disputes involving jurisdictional and conflict of laws issues.